Feb 3 2010 Airdrie & Coatbridge
TWO men appeared in the dock last week on separate charges relating to possessing class A drugs in Airdrie town centre.
John Taylor was sentenced to community service after being charged with having ecstasy with intent to supply in Stirling Street on March 22, 2008.
Fiscal depute Agnes Meek told Airdrie Sheriff Court: “At 1.05am, two police officers were approached by a male who said the accused had drugs on his person.
“He was detained and searched, and in the course of the search, officers retrieved 41 white tablets from his underwear.
“They were found to be ecstasy and in the opinion of the drugs expert, from the amount of tablets it could be inferred that they were for onward supply.
“Each table was worth £2-4, with a total value of £74-148.”
The 32-year-old, of Esholt Lane in Shipley, West Yorkshire, had been visiting Airdrie for a friend’s party and was ordered to carry out 150 hours of community service by Sheriff Morag Galbraith.
Defence solicitor Roberto Manini said: “He would never have passed these on to anyone, but accepts that it was too much for one person.”
Meanwhile, sentence was deferred on local man James McGlynn, who was found six days later with cocaine at the Exchange Bar on Alexander Street.
The fiscal depute told the court: “Police saw the accused acting suspiciously at the doors of the bar at 9.15pm.
“He was in possession of a black bag with six clear bags of powder; he was taken to Coatbridge police office and the substance was analysed and found to be 0.586 grams of cocaine.”
Sheriff Galbraith deferred sentence on the 23-year-old, of Parkhead Lane, until April 24.